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A Wordless Story That Will Have You Sobbing (And Cure Your Fear Of Clowns!)

Since 1967, the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards have recognized outstanding children’s and young adult literature — winners in the Picture Book category include names like Maurice Sendak and Ezra Jack Keats, so you know they know what they’re doing.

fatherly_farmer_and_the_clownThis year, Marla Frazee, author and illustrator of The Farmer And The Clown, joins that impressive club. Her book tells the story of a farmer who happens upon a toddler clown that’s been bumped from a passing circus train. Thus begins an unlikely relationship told through a color palette that brightens subtly as the two become friends, just in time for the circus to come looking for the missing little clown.

fatherly_farmer_and_the_clownFrazee follows in the grand tradition of the 1978 award winner, The Snowman (also known as ‘The Saddest Christmas Story Ever‘) by using only pictures to tell a beautiful tale that will have your kids asking why daddy’s crying over the bedtime stories again.

The Farmer And The Clown by Marla Frazee ($14)
Ages: 4-8